DANSVILLE — The Dansville high school volleyball program has continued its growth in recent years. The team captured the League Championship for Class C in Division 1 in the 2017 campaign and last year went onto the semifinals to face perennial powerhouse Leroy where their season ended with a respectable 14-7 mark.

Coach Tracy Gregorius has been with the Dansville program since 2004, and took the head coaching job a year ago. She has always brought a genuine inspiration to her team as well as her entire program.

"The Dansville Volleyball Program is ready and excited to get started with their season," Gregorius said. "We believe we will make our mark this year and continue to grow to be a presence in the Livingston County League. We are a young team that has been dedicated to improving outside of the regular season. The girls on both the JV and Varsity Mustang team have made an extensive effort into the program that I couldn’t be more proud of. I love that all Mustang Volleyball athletes realize they are critical to the growth of the program and our success. Their effort does not go unnoticed by any of our amazing coaching staff. "

That staff includes coaches Heidi Finger at the junior varsity level, Marley Grimsley with the modifieds, along with volunteer assistant Rob Mosko.

Being only a second-year head coach, Gregorius also gave a nod to some fellow coaches in the league.

"From my personal perspective I had an awesome introductory year to Varsity with the group of girls I had the pleasure to work alongside and I did a lot of learning through the process," she said. "I have always been lucky to learn from exceptional coaches in our league with the amazing Coach Dave Tytler of Cal-Mum and Coach Andy Braun of Avon often helping me navigate. It’s a gift to have such successful and amazing individuals supporting me as I continue this new adventure and journey."

So what do the Lady Mustangs have to work with this season? Coach Gregorius gave this brief overview from a personnel standpoint. 

Key Returners - Jenna George and Madison Jacobs as seniors, Tessa Gregorius and Abi Henderson sophomores. 

Top Newcomers - include juniors Arayana Young, Kiersten Kennedy, Bethany Wadsworth and Taylor Mann.

Looking ahead to the start of the season Coach "G" is eternally optimistic.

"As for the incredible Lady Mustang athletes on the volleyball team I feel we have a strong bond and a shared focus and goals," she said. "We want to come out aggressive and confident giving our best effort wherever we go. Preparation and excitement for the game are two of the assets in this program and we can’t wait to get in a gym again. We plan on being intentional in our pursuit of excellence and we will be very successful this season."

The Lady Mustangs open the 2019 season this Thursday (Sept. 5) at home against Letchworth starting at 6 p.m.